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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

** FILE ** In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, an Electronic Benefit Transfer card, which food stamp recipients use to purchase food, is seen at the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Rio Grande Valley: People with $7K food-stamp surplus

An investigative report has shown that some people in the Rio Grande Valley are receiving exorbitant amounts of food stamp money, racking up thousands of dollars in unused funds. Published February 25, 2013

Audience members, including workers, cheer as President Obama speaks Dec. 10, 2012, about the economy during a visit to the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich. (Associated Press)

47 percent of Detroit's property owners didn't pay taxes last year

Nearly half of Detroit's property owners didn't pay their taxes last year, indicating the financial troubles of the debt-stricken city's residents and the ongoing cycle of declining revenues and diminished services for those residents. Published February 21, 2013

The sun rises over Capitol Hill looking down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, as Washington prepares for the 57th Presidential Inaugural and the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama's second term. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Feds say employee background checks are racist

A federal agency has issued a directive claiming that federal contractors who perform criminal background checks may violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964, because "racial and ethnic minorities are arrested and convicted at a higher rate than whites." Published February 21, 2013

In this Oct. 11, 2010, file photo, Kentucky Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul speaks during a debate with Democrat Jack Conway at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Ky. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)

Rand Paul writes $600K check to U.S. Treasury

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is returning $600,000 to the U.S. Treasury that he saved by scrimping in the past year at his Senate office. "It's the only budget I control. ... It's not enough, but it's a start," the senator told reporters at a conference in downtown Louisville. Published February 21, 2013